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King County provides comprehensive benefits and services to eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents through strategic planning, negotiation, and implementation of benefit programs. Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations is here to help you with your medical, vision, and dental plan options; life and disability insurance; medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts; leave programs; payroll; and retirement planning.


COVID-19 public health emergency officially ended May 11

The COVID-19 National Emergency and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency officially ended May 11, 2023. Many of the benefit coverages that increased temporarily during the health emergency have returned to normal, and regular deductibles, copays, and coinsurance now apply. For example:

  • Over-the-counter COVID-19 tests are no longer covered.
  • COVID-19 PCR lab tests are covered when ordered by an in-network provider. 
  • COVID-19 treatments and prescription drugs are subject to your medical plan’s normal cost-sharing amounts (i.e., copays or coinsurance).

For additional information, see How the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency impacts your employee medical and pharmacy benefits or contact the Benefits Team at 206-684-1556 or KC Benefits.


Educational benefits videos available

Learn more about your King County employee benefits and how they work by watching short videos on the Benefit Education page.

Benefits and retirement

Phone 206-684-1556
Fax: 206-296-7700

Phone hours:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays

Fax: 206-296-7678